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Stroke Awareness Month

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Every 40 seconds someone suffers from a stroke, brought on by a blood clot or vessel rupture.

Millions of nerve cells can be destroyed with effects ranging from long term and debilitating to a quick recovery and release that day.

Jerilyn Alexander, says the llikelihoodof stroke can be reduced through a healthy diet and staying active.

In addition, Alexander says that she is seeing an influx of strokes in people from age 30 to 40.

The earlier symptoms are recognized and treated, betters a patients chances of full recovery.

(Jerilyn Alexander, Stroke Coordinator at Trinity Hospital) "The easiest way for people to think stroke symptoms in general is to think FAST. And tthat'skind of what we preach. 'F' stands for face, you wanna look for facial droop. 'A' is for arms, are they both working evenly? 'S' is for speech, you want to make sure your speech is clear; if you're having difficulty getting words out or difficulty understanding. 'T' is for time, which is the onset of symptoms, which is very important because we have a very small window of time in which to treat a stroke."

Time is of the essence when dealing with a stroke and knowing these symptoms can stop the number one cause for adult disability.

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